Research for the Day: User Experience Design

I’m doing a poster presentation on library signage in June at the RI Library Association Conference, and today my co-worker handed me two articles she came across about library signage. They got be thinking more broadly: signage represents one of the physical manifestations of user experience design, which I’ve been interested in for years. I’ve worked for lots of places that have a message to put out, and sometimes, your excellent, helpful information can’t reach its audience because of design barriers. This is a field I’m interested in exploring, so I’m going to start collecting information sources here in no particular order.

What does a user experience design firm do?

User Interface Engineering (UIE)

Background on UX design

Jesse James Garrett’s elements of user experience design

Experience design and information architecture resources from Jesse Garrett

Starting a career in User Experience by Marcus Haid

Marcus Haid’s portfolio (as an example of a UX design portfolio)

10 most common misconceptions about UX design by Whitney Hess

I love misconception #3:

User experience isn’t even about technology, says Mario Bourque, manager of information architecture and content management at Trapeze Group. “It’s about how we live. It’s about everything we do; it surrounds us.”

User experience can apply to so many aspects of our lives– architecture, planning, wayfinding, and also how we interact with the things we use, including technological devices.

Peter Morville’s UX honeycomb

Professional Organizations:

Information Architecture Institute (IAI)

Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

Usability Professionals Association (UPA)

Academic programs for UX design

The MFA in Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts

MFA in Service Design at Savannah College of Art and Design

User design in libraries

Aaron Schmidt: Walking Paper blog


About dawnemsellem

I am a librarian. I am very curious about all things. Try me! I haven't been bored yet.
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One Response to Research for the Day: User Experience Design

  1. Thanks eh! It’s all true. Think of those OCD types that taxonomise their entire lives and end up on Maury Povich 😉

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